Starting at ICMS

Studying at ICMS in Sydney Australia can provide the ultimate student experience!

Studying away from home is your chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, expand your horizons, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. “Studying at ICMS gave me the best years of my life”, said nearly 90% ICMS students in 2018.

International students on student visas must complete their course within the duration specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). The course duration is based on a full-time study load in each study period. 

Read below to find out more about how to give yourself the best chance to settle in and have a memorable time at ICMS.


What day should I arrive at the College?

If you are living on campus, you should check-in on the Saturday or Sunday prior to the start of Orientation Week (O Week).
Once your travel details have been confirmed you must let us know whether you will arrive on the Saturday or Sunday.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in time is: 02:00pm – 10:00pm

Check-out time is: 10:00am

For the alternative times please contact ICMS Reservations.

What happens if I will be arriving early?

If you will be living on campus and are arriving more than 2 days prior to start of O Week (New students only) you can request to check-in to your on-campus accommodation early. There is a cost for early accommodation and it is subject to availability. Please contact if you wish to arrive more than 2 days before O Week or prior to returning students check in.

Do I need to attend Orientation Week?

Yes. O Week is compulsory for all new students and includes important sessions such as official enrolment and academic briefings, as well as a range of fun team-building activities and tours.

Orientation Information

How do I know if I have on campus accommodation?

If you have requested to live on campus you will receive an Accommodation Offer email stating that your first or second preference has been successful and with full payment details. Once full payment has been received a confirmation email will be sent.


Rooms are equipped with a desk, wardrobe, heating, and wireless internet. All linen is provided and rooms are dusted and vacuumed once a week. Each floor is equipped with a kitchenette, common showers, toilets and ironing facilities. You will also receive residential support from the residential assistants, senior ICMS student leaders who live on campus.

Is internet included in the accommodation package?

Yes. All the students are provided with Internet access.

Is there after hours assistance?

There is always a member of the residential team available to assist students. Additionally, a manager on duty is present on campus 24/7. 

Safety and Security on Campus

Are ICMS residences secure?

ICMS has CCTV throughout the campus monitoring all entry points and common areas. Entrance to the building outside of class hours is only available for resident students, who need to produce their key and student ID to gain access. There is a manager on duty present 24/7 on campus. 

Safety and Security on Campus

How do I get from the airport to ICMS?

On public transport the combined cost of travel from the airport to ICMS is approximately $30. From the airport, you will need to catch a train to Circular Quay, then take the ferry to Manly wharf, then catch a bus to ICMS. For more information on how to get to ICMS using public transport please visit the Sydney transit website

Shuttle services - $45 (approximate price)

Harry's Northen Beaches Airbus*
North Side Shuttle* +61 2 9401 4654

Shuttle buses need to be booked at least one week in advance. Please note that ICMS does not organise airport pickup for students.

*Please note that these are external providers.

Taxis - $80 to $120

No booking necessary, taxis are located outside the main entrance of both the international and domestic terminals. Taxis will accept cash, MasterCard and Visa. Tipping is not required and is done so at your own discretion. Ensure the driver turns on the meter immediately once your trip commences. You should expect to pay toll charges on top of your fare.

For more information on navigating around Sydney airport, flight information and maps of terminals please visit the Sydney airport website

What do I need to wear to class?

At ICMS we ask all students to wear business attire to class. You will be given a copy of the ICMS business attire requirements before you arrive to ICMS. As a guideline you will be required to wear a full business suit with a jacket and pants (or skirt). Male student will be required to wear a business shirt and tie with business shoes and female students a neat blouse with business shoes to go with their suits.

What should I wear during Orientation Week?

Business attire is required for Orientation Week. Business pants/skirts, closed toed polished shoes, and business shirts and blouses (no jacket required) are acceptable. You will also be attending a number of team-building activities, so bring some good walking shoes and sports gear. 

Can I open an Australian bank account?

Australia has a range of choices when it comes to managing your money. You can set up a bank account before or after you arrive in Australia. To open an account you will need:

  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE), which is issued by ICMS in support of your visa application
  • your passport
  • your Letter of Offer
  • some other form of identification 

Our Student Services team will be able to assist you to set up your account and there will be bank representatives available on campus during orientation to answer your questions. 

Do I need health insurance to study in Australia?

Yes. All students coming to Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is a necessary step in obtaining your Australian student visa. ICMS can arrange your first year of coverage with our preferred provider. It is your responsibility to ensure that you maintain cover for the duration of your studies.

If you already have current Overseas Student Health Cover, a copy of your current membership is required prior to accepting your offer.

Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish students do not require Overseas Student Health Cover.
Study Abroad students will only receive cover for the duration of their studies.

How far away is the beach?

Manly & Shelly beaches are only a 5-7min walking distance from the ICMS Northern Beaches Campus. In fact, there are 9 beautiful beaches within walking distance from the College!

Where will my classes be held?

From its origins in 1996 as a specialised management college, today ICMS has three campuses and more than 2000 students from around the world gaining qualifications in a diverse range of fields. 

151 Darley Road, Manly, NSW 2095, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9977 0333
Fondly known as “the castle on the hill” (where the Hollywood blockbuster The Great Gatsby was filmed and where Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were married), the ICMS castle is a Sydney landmark dating back to the 19th Century. The imposing structure dominating the northern Sydney’s beachside suburb’s landscape won worldwide acclaim when it was built by the Catholic Church between 1885 and 1889. The building, with its Gothic style and romantic central bell tower, holds a commanding position overlooking the azure of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. The entire estate covers 20 hectares of parkland.
The campus is a five-minute walk to famous Manly beach and Manly's CBD, well known for its shopping precinct, cafés, restaurants and beachside lifestyle. A few minutes’ walk in the other direction will lead you to the foreshores of the harbour. There are harbour side bush walks to explore, extending more than 50 kilometres north and south. ICMS is also close enough to Sydney city – 17 minutes by fast ferry from Manly ferry wharf.
You have access to facilities on campus include computer laboratories, tennis and basketball courts, café, bar and restaurant. Free wireless internet is available throughout the buildings of the campus.
Lectures are held at the Northern Beaches Campus for the following courses:
  • Diploma courses
  • Bachelor degrees
  • Graduate Certificate courses
  • Masters degrees
Level 4, 451 Pitt Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9160 8841
As well as being regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Sydney is also one of the most exciting places to study and work. The ICMS City Campus is located in the beautiful Manning Building, right in the heart of Sydney's business district. The area boasts the highest residential density in Australia and is one of the liveliest precincts in the Sydney CBD. The building is close to World Square Shopping Centre and is only a few minutes walk from great transport links via train at Central Station and a nearby Light Rail (tram) stop at Capitol Square. A short walk will take students to the entertaining areas of Chinatown, Darling Habour and Barangaroo Waterfront, all offering endless options for eateries from cafes and bars to world-class five-star dining - and everything in between.
The Manning Building has high historic significance and is an important building to the City of Sydney. The facade dates to 1892 and, at the time it was built, made a significant contribution to the surrounding precinct, including the recently restored Capitol Theatre, which is in the same block.
Internally, the Manning Building has been extensively modified and renovated. Entering through the impressive lobby, students have high security access to state-of-the-art facilities. Lectures are offered on the 4th floor in ICMS' contemporary training and executive education centre, which showcases a vibrant and innovative learning environment, with expansive classrooms, modern study areas and an abundance of natural light, as well as complimentary refreshment facilities.
Studying at the ICMS City Campus, within the heart of Sydney, offers students the most exciting start to a successful business career.
Lectures are held at the Northern Beaches Campus for the following courses:
  • Graduate Certificate courses
  • Masters degrees
  • Bachelor of Business - and specified core business subjects offered within the other bachelor programs (subject to availability)
  • Diploma of Business
  • ISCA programs
  • Foundation
Levels 1 & 2, 46-48 East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095, Australia
+61 2 9466 1240
This campus is run by Aspire Institute, ICMS’s pathway provider.
Brilliantly located campus overlooking the harbour on East Esplanade in Manly. This campus is in the heart of Manly village, well known for its shopping precinct, cafés, restaurants and beachside lifestyle and is located 200m from the ferry and bus stop.
Aspire students have full access to all the facilities enjoyed by students of the ICMS Northern Beaches Campus, the 'castle on the hill', including a free shuttle bus which runs between the two campuses. Alternatively, if students prefer to walk between campuses it will take only 5-10 minutes. 
Courses delivered here:
  • English courses
  • Australian Foundation Program
  • Note: Diploma courses are run in the Northern Beaches Campus, a short walk up the hill from the Esplanade Campus


Is there public transport nearby?

Northern Beaches Campus: Local bus transportation to other attractions on the Northern Beaches is accessible just outside of ICMS campus (Darley Road).  Public and Privately operated ferry transportation to the Sydney CBD is located just a 10 min walk from ICMS. Please ask at reception for maps, directions and timetables.

City Campus: The City Campus is centrally located near Central Station, light rail, and many bus stops. 

Is there car parking available?

Northern Beaches Campus: ICMS provides limited on-site car parking on a first come-first serve basis to those displaying a current ICMS parking permit.  Please note that spaces are limited. 

City Campus: Paid parking can be found at the Market City Car Park or Goulburn Street Parking Station

Are there sporting facilities nearby?

Northern Beaches Campus: ICMS has expansive grounds for various sporting activities including tennis, football, basketball and netball. There is also a pool table and ping pong table in the student common area. ICMS students also have teams in local rugby, futsal and netball competitions. General fitness activities are often arranged like the swim club, surf club, zumba, yoga and bootcamp.

City Campus: There are no sporting grounds at the city campus however there are plenty of walks and gyms nearby.